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    July 18, 2011
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at nasa space center. have a great day! >> all the people at the johnson space center in texas helped wake up the crew. they played keith urban's "days go by." the crew is busy moving a cargo canister the size of a bus from the station back into the shuttle. once full of supplies, it is now full of trash. "atlantis" is scheduled to undock from the space station tomorrow. >> they'll be headed for home. >> that's right. a historic end to a historic program. hard to believe. >> that's it. stay with us. "news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. breaking news. flames break out at a local yacht club. a live report from the scene. also, deadly tour bus accident. a bus that left washington crashes along a new york highway. >> good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> i'm pat lawson muse in for joe krebs on this monday.
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welcome to "news 4 today" on monday, july 18th. here's a look at the washington skyline on this steamy monday morning. you'll need to pack your patience and get a little glass of iced tea. >> or a large gigantic bucket of iced tea. >> i'm a slurpee fan. i'll have my slurpee later. >> that sounds good. i can feel the brain freeze. refreshing. we're talking about the heat building this week, but as hot as it's been around here this summer, still nothing like last summer. last summer to date in june or july, with e had 30 days that w 90 or higher. but we're getting there now. 74 at reagan national airport, going up to a high temperature today topping out in the low to mid-90s. other locations, bowie, prince george's county, currently at 74 degrees. folks in burke and fairfax county, you're at 70. aspen hill, bethesda, montgomery county, they are now sitting at 72 degrees.
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your day planner forecast. sun's up today at 5:58. don't have long to go. by 9:00 a.m. into the low 80s. by noontime close to 90 degrees. again topping out at 92. by 5:00 p.m. back down to 91. there will be a few clouds coming in this afternoon. maybe even an isolated thunderstorm just west of leesburg and areas around rappahannock and culpepper county. that's the way it is looking for today. hot but getting hotter. danella? >> i love it when it's hot outside but not when it's hot on the roadways. so far our roadways are cool. i'm going to take you to d.c. first. d.c., i've been checking your local roadways. this is a look at 14th and new york avenue. it is peaceful and clear. i love it so far. and the beltway in maryland, this is at colesville road. you can see a little bit of steam picking up, but you are still traveling at an excellent speed. you're definitely going above the speed limit, i can tell you that. i've been checking. down here at i-66 in virginia at
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fairfax county parkway. the tail lights going away from us is 66 east. i am seeing some volume, but you're still traveling at an excellent speed. back to you, pat and eun. >> thank you, danella. 5:02. we're following breaking news in southeast washington. firefighters on the scene of a fire involving a number of boats at the washington boat club. it's happening in the 1500 block of "m" street southeast. news 4's tracee wilkins is live with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. i want to take you right in to show you what they're doing right now with this investigation. you look down there on the dock, you can see the investigators walking back and forth and examining those boats there to the right. that's the line of boats that actually caught fire. let me show you video of what it looked like, or pictures of what it looked like earlier this morning. we are told there were four boats involved, including one that was at least 38 feet long, and they're still trying to figure out exactly where this fire started and on which boat. they had 40 to 50 personnel down here trying to knock this fire out. they had two apparatuses on the
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water that were spraying on these boats when they were on fire and also had trucks here on land as well, trying to put this fire out. we're told no injuries, no one was actually on the boat, but police have already started contacting the owners to come down here so that they can talk to them and also let them know about what's happened to their boats. here's the reaction from one of the owners. >> it's devastated, you know. i don't really know what to say at this point. it's a terrible loss. i feel sorry for my other captains that lost their boat. >> reporter: that man has been down here for about nine years. they actually rent their dock space from the d.c. government. they've never seen something like this happen down here before. of course, exactly what caused this fire is going to be under investigation. i'm tracee wilkins live this morning in southeast. back to you all in the studio. >> tracee, thank you. a blown tire may be to blame for a deadly tour bus accident in new york. the bus was traveling fwr d.c.
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to niagara falls when it crashed along interstate 390 in steuben county. that's about 55 miles southeast of rochester. police say the bus driver lost control, veered down a grassy bank into the woods, and landed on its side. at least two people were killed and three were severely injured. the bus was carrying 37 passengers. investigators will interview the driver and witnesses as well as inspect the bus to determine what caused the crash. one person was killed in a crash in dickerson. that's in montgomery county. it happened along mt. ephraim road. police say, when they arrived on the scene, the car was fully engulfed in flames. the driver died. no one else was in the car. today two former political operatives for maryland governor bob ehrlich will be indicted for their alleged roles in a robocall controversy. >> we're okay. everything is fine. the only thing left is to watch it on tv tonight. >> in june a grand jury indicted the two operatives for allegedry using that robocall to try to
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discourage voters from going to the polls. last year a call went out to voters in prince george's county on election day saying that democrat martin o'malley had already won the election and that democrats could stay home. with the clock ticking toward an historic default, congress may soon turn to plan "b." that's the plan introduced by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. it would give the president authority to raise the debt ceiling but also force democrats to take the political hit. that's why senate majority leader harry reid is working to soften the deal. reid wants to include $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, a payroll tax cut extension, and an agreement on funding levels for the next two years to avoid another shutdown. it would also establish a deficit reduction committee. and tea party members, however, are expected to introduce a plan this morning that calls for a balanced budget constitutional amendment, and that is not expected to pass. drivers who use the rock creek parkway will get a bit of a reprieve beginning this morning.
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there will be a new traffic pattern to help alleviate the gridlock from construction near the omni shoreham hotel in northwest. news 4's megan mcgrath is live along cathedral avenue with this good news. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that's right, good news for folks who travel through this section and trying to go southbound on rock creek parkway. take a look at this. road closed, detour. this sign has been greeting motorists in this area for quite some time. later on this morning, starting at 7:00 a.m., it's going to go away. they're going to reopen this stretch of cathedral avenue at woodly road to southbound traffic during the morning rush hour. that means you're going to be able to access rock creek parkway from cathedral avenue, something you have not been able to do for a while now. it's a bit of a choke point. there are only a few points where you can jump on the parkway in this area. this has been closed for some time. folks have had to go down to calvert further down connecticut avenue. hopefully, this is going to help out a lot of people looking to
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jump on the parkway for the morning rush hour. i need to emphasize this. it is just for the morning rush hour. beginning at 9:15 in the morning, it will close in a southbound direction again, and it will only be open to northbound traffic here. so what we're talking about is a very short window from 7:00 in the morning till 9:15. that's when you'll be able to head south and jump on the parkway. all other times of the day, northbound only. but the hope here is this is going to help a lot of folks out, help them get on the parkway at least during the morning rush. we're going to have to wait for things to normalize here. this project has been going on for about a year and a half. a lot of people getting frustrated. back to you all in the studio. >> every bit of relief will help. thanks, megan. it is now 508. 73 degrees. ahead what casey anthony took with her when she left jail a
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welcome back to weather and traffic on the ones. time now 5:11. folks, you'll want to break out your coolest summer clothes. temperatures are a little higher than they were yesterday at the same time. humidity too. we currently sit at 74 degrees. capital heights in clinton, maryland, sitting currently at 71 degrees. fairfax city at 70 degrees. we are going to be warming up today. here's a look at your day planner forecast. by 9:00 a.m., 83. sun's up today at 5:58. and when that sun is up for a while, we'll hit a high today of 92 degrees, cooling only into the 70s by evening. danella? >> good morning. if you're hitting the roadways right now, you are not seeing red. you're seeing a lot of green. that means that we are going, and it is clear so far. let's take a live look right now. if you're traveling on 395, this is at edsall road. it's pretty clear for you.
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there are other drivers driving along for you, but you guys are traveling along at an excellent speed as you make your way towards the 14th street bridge. you can see it's a clear commute so far. and local roadways look good so far. this is georgia avenue at 16th street in maryland. i'm checking the roadways. montgomery county, you look good as well as prince george's county. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. eun and pat, back to you. >> thanks, danella. it is now 5:13. 73 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," you might call it an old stereotype. who says grandparents may make
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welcome back. at 5:16 this morning, casey anthony is waking up a free woman, but only a few people
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know where she is waking up. she walked out of jail in orlando early sunday morning greeted by protestors. anthony took about $540 from her jail account. rumors quickly spread she boarded a private jet to ohio where she has family, but her uncle there says he has no idea where anthony is. a jury found her not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter but convicted her of lying to police. the streets of adams more dan are a little bit safer this morning thanks to the guardian angels. dozens of businesses requested the angels patrol the streets on the weekends to help keep the peace. news 4's darcy spencer spent a night out in the northwest washington neighborhood to see just what goes on in the wee hours of the morning. >> back up! move! move! let's go! >> reporter: this is a typical saturday night in adams morgan, when the narrow sidewalks are so jammed, people walk in the
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street. >> let's go! let's go! >> reporter: adams morgan has become a party destination for young people looking for a night out, where some say anything goes. >> there might be some people acting out and being wild, but it's adams morgan. what can you ask for? >> sometimes you see people that want to fight. you see people that just loiter and stand around and don't have anything to do. >> reporter: critics say the crowds packing the strip of bars and restaurants on 18th street northwest have gotten out of control. >> so you get stepped on or shoulders get bumps, and that's all it takes to start a scuffle or a fight. >> reporter: residents here estimate that thousands of people come to adams morgan on the weekends, and there aren't enough police to handle those fights or the large crowds that pour into the streets at closing time. >> the police have created an environment where adams morgan is the place to go to do anything you want all through the night. >> reporter: from midnight until 4:00 a.m. we roamed 18th street to see what it's really like. we counted three arrests, two men were taken into custody
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following a fight around 2:30 in the morning. many told us it's all part of the night life here. >> first of all, there's a lot of guys, and they always just try to grab you, and you've got to keep running. second of all, the police just go crazy because there's too many people out here. >> reporter: police chief cathy lanier has told community leaders in e-mails she's aware of the issues, and she's working to get more resources in adams morgan, but those leaders are tired of waiting. >> if it means they want the residents to start a neighborhood watch, we'll do that. if they want more cooperation in other ways, we're willing to do it. we're just asking them to do what they can to help us out. >> reporter: darcy spencer, "news 4 today." d.c. police say two more robberies have occurred on the metropolitan branch trail. it happened on sunday morning when a man robbed someone at gunpoint. the trail has been the scene of five incidents from may to june. in response, the guardian angels have also begun patrolling the trail as part of it is hidden from street view. police have released the
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identities of two people involved in a plane crash in st. mary's county on friday. 55-year-old james dayton of mechanicsville was killed in the crash. the pilot, 53-year-old nicholas morales of prince frederick, was injured. we don't know the extent of his injuries. authorities say the glider crashed into some power lines shortly after takeoff. the ntsb is investigating. elderly drivers are often teased for driving too slowly or for not paying attention on the roads, but a new study out this morning shows your kids may be safer riding with their grandparents than they are with you. the study looked at car crash claims in 15 states between 2003 and 2007. it found while older drivers are more likely to get into accidents, the risk of a child being injured while with the grandparent is as much as 50% lower than when the child is driving with a parent. researchers aren't sure how to explain the findings but say grandparents may drive more cautiously with kids in the car, which compensates for age
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related issues. they say grandparents may also be less distracted than busy parents. new york senator charles schumer wants airlines to refund passengers' baggage fees if their luggage doesn't get to the destination on time. the democrat says he's planning to introduce a bill to force this issue. starting next month, airlines only have to reimburse baggage fees if the luggage is lost forever. the fees range from $25 to $100. schumer says most bags are only lost for a few days or weeks and that the airlines should voluntarily refund passengers for any delayed bags. today could be the beginning of the end for the nfl's four-month lockout. owners and players will meet with a mediator in new york to try to finalize a deal before a special owners meeting in atlanta on thursday. the league's 32 owners could approve a new deal at that meeting if one is ready. the two sides have made significant progress in recent weeks agreeing on how to split revenues, a rookie wage scale, and new free agent rules. the players union still needs to
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be reestablished and a lawsuit filed by nine players needs to be settled. turning now to the weather. it appears our summer break is over. >> i know. short break that was. and now we are back to hot and humid. veronica johnson is here with weather and traffic on the ones at 5:21. veronica? >> it was nice that break came this weekend for folks who wanted to get out and get some stuff done. >> it was perfect. >> it was. this week do whatever you can to keep cool. the lightweight, light colored clothing. you're going to need it. 74 is the current temperature out there right now. you can see a little bit of haze in the air already. sun's up at 5:58. a wind out of the south-southwest at 7 miles per hour. a little bit of a light breeze to help us out early on. temperatures through the rest of the area, winchester at 72. 74 degrees in annapolis, maryland, with that southwesterly wind, and in the 60s from areas around culpepper to manassas. the radar quiet. not a drop to be found. there will be a chance for a few isolated showers and
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thunderstorms just to the south and west of the area, around fauquier county later this afternoon. here's a look at your future weather by 2:30 today. a few clouds moving in. the green there's a chance for showers and storms. again, that will around areas of fauquier county, culpepper, and rappahannock a little later on. low to mid-90s today, hazy sunshine, and turning more humid as we move our way through the work week. isolated thunderstorms. 89 to 93 degrees for your evening hours. it is still going to be plenty warm as we drop out of the upper 70s. look at the next couple of days, folks. from 92 the high today to 93 degrees tomorrow. wednesday 94. and due to hit around 99 to perhaps 100 degrees. i think the end of the work week and even the weekend. so a very long heat wave. danella? >> good morning. starting out with the rails, so far metro, marc, and vre all running on time. our roadways still looking good. see a lot of green. that means go for you.
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beltway is clear as well as 255th. 66 is clear. however, i am seeing a lot of volume head out, 66 east at sully road. this is those headlights coming towards us is the east traffic. you're still making good travel time, which means you're traveling at a good speed, but the lanes are start to go get packed just a bit. some volume here at i-270 in maryland at 109 as you make your way out of urbana. you're going to see some congestion, but it's still moving at a good speed. >> 5:24 now. the queen reportedly invited the duke and duchess of cambridge on a family vacation in balmoral scotland. the queen is looking forward to spending quality time with kate to get to know her better. it's the first time kate has been invited to the balmoral estate. the queen and duke of edd edinborough usually spend time
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there in september. the u.s. women's soccer team with a heartbreaking loss to japan. in the shootout, a near miss by the u.s. and clutch scoring by japan sealed the american women's fate as japan won the shootout 4-2 to win the world cup. after the game, star forward abby wambach tipped her cap to japan, but she was understandably frustrated at the outcome. >> obviously, it's not what we wanted. we wanted a gold medal. we wanted to bring the cup home. seems like the japanese team had nerves of steel. their keeper makes a couple good saves on our penalties, and that's the difference. >> meanwhile, japan is celebrating its first ever women's world cup title. the victory is seen as an emotional boost for japan, which is still dealing with the damage and devastation from that earthquake and tsunami. during this world cup,
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players, including abby wambach and others, became stars here in the states. >> but during yesterday's game, another star was born, and he didn't even play in the soccer match. after alex morgan scored the americans' first goal, one fan had his own way to celebrate. you can see it right here. a young man who just can't contain his excitement. he lifts his shirt and bares all. we get to see his belly on tv. it's now a hot video on youtube. the clip of the world cup flasher, as he's being called, has been up just 24 hours, but already 12,000 views. >> i think he's getting a contract, and he'll see him in tons of commercials. that's just my guess. >> with or without the belly. >> exactly. we'll see. our time now is 5:26. in the nation's capital. coming up this morning, a big money meeting. we'll tell you who the president
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heating up. right now it is 73 degrees out there. it is only getting hotter. today marks the beginning of a dangerous heat wave. good morning and welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm pat lawson muse. joe krebs is off this morning. welcome to "news 4 today" on this monday, july 18th. much of the country is in the grip af brutal heat wave. air conditioners working overtime in parts of the country. crops in texas are wilting because of drought conditions. heat advisories and warnings in effect for 17 states from texas to michigan as temperatures hit triple digits in some spots. in our area, d.c. trash and recycling crews will pick up trash earlier than usual to
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avoid the extreme heat. the department of public works says it wants to protect the health of its workers. probably a smart day since the middle of the day with the sun bladesing, it's going to get really hot and dangerously so. >> dangerously so. we've got a week's worth to go, folks, so right through saturday and sunday too as we see even higher temperatures through the work week. we've got that reddish blue sky as the sun gets ready to come up. temperatures running in the 70s this morning from 74 degrees at reagan national airport. wind out of the southwest at 7 miles per hour. so 70s and a bit of a light breeze that's blowing out there right now. folks in foggy bottom, you're now at 75 degrees. over into camp springs, 71 currently. on the radar right now, we've got nothing to report. going to have an isolated shower or thunderstorm later this afternoon, and i think that that would be to the south and west
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of the area, around culpepper, rappahannock, and fauquier county. here's a look at the day planner forecast. by 9:00 a.m., low to mid-80s. by noontime, close to 90 degrees. we'll top out at 92. in the work week, we take a look at the seven day forecast, close to 90 degrees. we have a crash in montgomery county. let's head up to silver spring. this is southbound new hampshire avenue as you make your way to lockwood drive at the intersection. police are on the scene, fire and ambulance as well. it appears to be a three-car crash. i've been watching this. your three left lanes are blocked, but you are able to pass on the right. be aware of this as you're heading southbound on new hampshire avenue. shooting down to virginia, 95. this is north of the occoquan. seeing some volume heading north. the headlights coming towards us. that's that north traffic. so far you're still traveling a a good pace. another look at the rails still looking good here. metro, marc, and vre all running on time. back to you, pat and eun. >> danella, thank you.
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we are following breaking news out of southeast washington. investigators are trying to figure out what caused an overnight fire involving a number of boats at the washington yacht club. this is happening in the 1500 block of "m" street southeast. news 4's tracee wilkins is live with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are looking at major damage here. i'm told by the boat owners, we're looking at a 35-footer, 38, and 40 footer all on fire this morning. let me show you how d.c. fire have been working to put this out. they had two apparatuses on the water spraying water on these boats. you can see them trying to keep the flames under control. this is what it looked like initially. large flames spread from one boat to another. here joining us live to give us more information on what's happening right now is pete from d.c. fire and ems. thank you for joining us. what's going on on the docks? >> the good news is the fire is out and no significant injuries. pretty significant dollar loss as you insinuated.
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we do have four boats, fairly large boats. no damage really to speak of to the structure, the docks or any of the nearby structures. we do have some fuel runoff and some other debris that the fire boats are containing with some booms. right now the cause of the fire is still under investigation. assuming that it started in one boat. obviously, they were in close quarters or parked right next to each other. one probably led to another. pretty significant dollar loss. firefighters did a great job. we had about 50 or 60 firefighters on the scene, including the two fire boats. did a great job. they untied some of the boats, moved some of the others away. but nonetheless, we did have four boats that were pretty heavily damaged. >> reporter: and the important point so far is you don't know which boat this started on. >> investigators might have a good idea. i haven't been advised of that yet. we do have people that actually live here on some of these boats. the good thing is no one was injured. cause of the fire is still under investigation, but investigators are here trying to determine what may have caused the boat.
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a lot of hazards to deal with, fuel, fiberglass, burning plastics, things of that nature, but, again, no injuries. >> reporter: let me say i saw this fire on my way into work from pennsylvania avenue. the smoke was amazing. this was a huge fire down here on the water. d.c. fire did a good job of getting down here and containing it as soon as possible. i'm tracee wilkins live in southeast. back to you in the studio. new from overnight, we're working to learn more about a train accident in northeast washington. a train has hit a pedestrian at the intersection of earn avenst avenue and 37th street. d.c. fire and ems personnel treated the victim on the scene. the victim was taken to the hospital. that person's name and condition is not being released at this time. the country's first ever debt default is just two weeks away. with a week of failed negotiations behind them, congress may soon turn to plan "b." that's the plan introduced by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. it would give the president authority to raise the debt
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ceiling, but it would also force democrats to take the political hit. that's why senate majority leader harry reid is working to soften the deal. reid wants to include $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, a payroll tax cut extension, and an agreement on funding levels for the next two years. it would also establish a deficit reduction committee. plan "b" is gaining bipartisan support, but some republicans want something more drastic. >> we've got to get this job done. the president is there standing by willing to help us, but we have got to accept the initiative as elected leaders in congress to really solve this problem and move america's economy forward. >> we send to the states a constitutional amendment that would force congress to balance the budget. let's let the states and the american people decide. >> tea party members are expected to introduce that balanced budget constitutional amendment this week on the house floor. it's not expected to pass, however. there will not plenty of money at the white house today
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in the form of some of the nation's most prominent billionaires. president obama is hosting warren buffett as well as bill and melinda gates who fund the giving pledge. it was founded by warren buffett and the gates family last year for those committed to giving more than half their wealth to charitable causes. 69 individuals and families have signed on to the pledge so far. this morning "news of the world" editor rebecca brooks is out of jail. meanwhile the top cop resigned amid the scandal. the head of the london police department, paul stevenson, resigned. he quit under intense pressure after it was revealed that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant. that editor has also been arrested in connection with the scandal. >> i and the people who know me know that my integrity is completely intact. i may wish i had done some things differently, but i would not lose any sleep over my
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personal integrity. >> british lawmakers are preparing to grill rupert and james murdoch. a parliamentary committee will question the duo about the scandal tomorrow. it is now 5:37. 73 degrees. 73 degrees. what one woman did to a tsa
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time now 5:41. folks, this week, unfortunately, some of the worst weather of our summer. it is going to be very hot, especially toward the end of the work week. this morning already temperatures starting out a bit higher. we're at 74 degrees right now throughout the remainder of the area, some locations, adams morgan, good morning to you. you're at 74 degrees. forest heights now at 73. arlington at 69. potomac currently at 68 degrees. the radar currently is quiet, but we could have an isolated
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thunderstorm coming our way this afternoon. so we will be going up to a high temperature today of 92 degrees. by noontime already close to 90. some hazy sunshine, and then by 5:00 we'll see temperatures start to cool off a bit. again, we're going to take a look at the conditions for the remainder of the work week coming up in just a few minutes. let's get a look at traffic with danella sealock. we've been watching this crash here at new hampshire avenue and lockwood drive in silver spring. there was a fire truck there as well as the ambulances. they have left. police are still on the scene. as you can see, your two left lanes are blocked if you're traveling southbound new hampshire avenue. you're able to pass on the right. i want to show you right here, 270 south, i'm seeing some congestion as you make your way from route 109 and head towards route 121, it gets a little better for you. and a live look at 395 north at duke street. 395 north is picking up a bit of traffic. so far you're still traveling at
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a good speed. back to you, eun and pat. >> thanks, danella. time now 5:42. ahead this morning, the traffic
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traffic alert this morning. a bit of a reprieve is coming for drivers who use the rock creek parkway. in about half an hour, there will be a new traffic pattern to help alleviate the gridlock from construction near the omni shoreham hotel in northwest. news 4's megan mcgrath is live on location along cathedral avenue this morning with details. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, pat. for a while now, people who have been trying to go southbound on cathedral avenue to get onto the rock creek parkway, they've been greeted by this sign, road closed, and a detour. this morning that is going to
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change. they are going to be reopening cathedral avenue in the southbound direction during the morning rush hour only. that means you're going to be able to take cathedral and hop on the southbound rock creek parkway. good news for folks who travel through this area. previously, while this construction has been ongoing, they've had to go down to calvert street to get on the rock creek parkway. a lot of folks hoping this is going to ease congestion here in the morning. important to note, though, this is only going to happen during the morning rush hour, so from 7:00 a.m. until 9:15 is when they're going to reopen this stretch of roadway here. at 9:30, it's going to close back up. you're only going to be able to take cathedral in the northbound direction. this is a small window of time to help out during the morning rush hour. the hope is that it will help ease congestion and allow people to jump on the parkway and get to work. ongoing construction project. this has been going on for a year and a half. hopefully, this will help a little bit. we're waiting to see. we're expecting the sign to be
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hauled away around 7:00 a.m. >> that will be relief to a lot of us. thanks, megan. good morning. from all of us at johnson space center. have a great day! >> folks at the johnson space center in texas helped wake up the space shuttle crew. astronauts woke up to keith urban's "days go by." the crew is moving a cargo canister the size of a bus back into "atlantis" from the station. once full of supplies, it is now full of trash. "atlantis" is scheduled to undock from the space station tomorrow, ending the 30-year space program. today could be the beginning of the end for the nfl's four-month lockout. owners and players will meet with the mediator in new york to finalize a deal before a special owners meeting later this week. the league's 32 owners could approve a deal at that meeting if one is ready. there is some work left to do. the players union still needs to be reestablished, and the
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lawsuit filed by nine players must be settled. today is casey anthony's first day as a free woman, but we do not know where she will spend it. she walked out of jail in orlando early sunday morning, met with protestors. anthony took about $540 from her jail account. casey anthony answered no questions and offered no clues as to where she will go now although there is some speculation she boarded a private plane to ohio. her uncle in that state, though, says he does not know where she is. a jury found her not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter but did find her guilty of lying to police. today two political operatives for former maryland governor bob ehrlich will be in court for their alleged roles in an election day robocall controversy. >> we're okay. relax. everything is fine. the only thing left is to watch on tv tonight. >> last year that robocall went out to voters in prince george's county, which is home to a large number of democrats. the call told voters that
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democrat martin o'malley had already won the election, so they could just stay home. in june a grand jury indicted the two operatives for allegedly using the call to try to discourage voters from going to the polls. new from overnight, general david petraeus stepped down from his post as the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the end of august. he will then assume the cia director's job september 6th. doctors treated hosni mubarak are denying rumors this morning that the former egyptian president suffered a stroke or is in a coma. the medical team mubarak had low blood pressure and felt dizzy but that he's now in stable condition. the 83-year-old has been hospitalized since april for heart trouble. he's also under arrest on charges he ordered the killing of protestors during egypt's uprising. this morning a colorado woman is in trouble accused of
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groping a tsa agent. the tsa says 61-year-old ukari mahame grabbed a tsa agent's breast at the airport. mahame admits to grabbing the agent. she faces a felony sexual abuse charge. sears posted an online ad selling the ipad2 for $69. here's a look at the ad from techcrunch.com. sears says this was a typo by a third party vendor. the ipad2 normally sells for $744. sears says it's going to refund all the people who bought the ipad for the lower price, but frustrated shoppers are taking to the internet to try to get sears to honor that price. the city of manassas is getting ready to welcome a flood of history bluffs for a celebration marking the first major battle of the civil war. this coming weekend marks the
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150th anniversary of the battle of bull run, also known as the first battle of manassas. 380 horses and enactors will converge on the site of the battle. it will be great for business, but locals say, even more important, it's to never forget what happened there 150 years ago. >> it has a lot of significance to me because i left this area when i was like 17 years old, and i didn't really pay attention as a kid to the wealth of the history here. and i just moved back here from california. so for the last two years i've been doing nothing but reading. >> the reenactment is just one highlight of next week's festivitie festivities. there will be historic balls, speakers, art and music to help you turn back the clock and touch a little history right there in our backyard. >> right there. before this week is over, a lot of folks may want to turn the block back a few days. >> or a month. >> so true, so true.
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one thing's for sure, the pools are going to be really packed today. i might add to that count because i think, as things heat up, i'm going to pack the kids and head to the pool. >> right behind you. >> right. exactly. we're already into the 70s. temperatures running a little higher than they were yesterday at this same time. you can see we've got a little bit of hayze out there even rigt now. 74 degrees is the temperature. that wind all morning long. it's been a little bit of a light breeze at 7 miles per hour. that wind is out of the southwest. that's a pretty warm wind for us. other temperatures throughout the area, look at them as they come on. 64 in manassas. 64 degrees in culpepper. 70 degrees, just down to the south, in fredericksburg, virginia. pax river now at 73 degrees. at least the radar is quiet. might be a few isolated showers and thunderstorms developing right here this afternoon just around fauquier county, culpepper, and rappahannock county, areas to the south and west. that's future weather showing some high clouds coming into the area. those little dots of green, that's where there is a
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possibility of a shower or thunderstorm today. during the afternoon, 3:00, and then a little later on, i think after midnight, might be just a few more showers and storms that try to come into our westernmost counties too. look at your high temperatures throughout the area, again with that southwest wind really heating up into the low 90s today, then into the upper 90s by the end of the work week. 92 here, 93 culpepper and fredericksburg, and 90 the high around pax river with hazy sunshine throughout the area today. 89 to 93, your range in temperatures with, again, that wind out of the southwest. same thing for the evening. it's going to be plenty warm as we drop from 87 to 80 degrees. here's your forecast. 92 the high today. 93 for tuesday. 94 to 95 midweek wednesday. and by the time we get to friday, saturday, and sunday, right around 100 degrees. danella? >> still watching that crash, new hampshire avenue southbound. you can see your two left lanes are blocked.
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this is just as you pass lockwood drive, you're going to see this accident. there was fire and ambulance earlier. they're gone. i can tell you so far traffic is still moving on the right. heading over right now, look at this. 95. congestion is building as you make your way out of dale city and head towards route 1. and traveling on 66, same story, different interstate. the headlights coming towards us is i-66 east traffic. and you're going to be slow as you pass right here, sully road, and continue to centerville. i'll be back in about ten minutes with another update. eun and pat, back to you. >> thanks, danella. 5:55 now. carmageddon is officially over. drivers honked their horns and waved as the ten-mile stretch of the 405 friday in california reopened 16 hours ahead of schedule. last week folks were afraid the closure would create massive backups. that never happened. the mayor of los angeles declared it mission accomplished and thanked drivers for staying off the roads.
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it appears gas prices are slowly but surely inching back up. the national average is now at $3.67, up 5 cents from a week ago. here in our area, d.c. has seen a penny increase to $3.87. virginia has seen a 7 cent increase from $3.52 to $3.59. maryland prices have jumped up 6 cents to $3.68. and west virginia saw a 6 cent increase in a gallon of regular. prices there are now an average $3.69 a gallon. justin timberlake accepted an invitation to taeattend the annual marine corps ball. corporal kelsey desantis posted this video on youtube asking timberlake to join her in washington. this comes after another marine asked actress mila kunis on a blind date. there was confusion about whether kunis would attend, but she said she'll be there. >> i would like to take betty white. she's just funny.
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she's sweet. she's mature. she's the all around perfect woman. >> and he's got a red rose too. now another celebrity received an invitation to the marine corps ball. marine sergeant ray lewis said he wants to take betty white. you heard the proposal there. there's no word whether the actress has seen the video yet, but if she does, i think she'll say yes. >> i'm sure she can still cut a step or two. looking to solve a murder mystery, head over to the national gallery of art in washington. a group called watson add ventures is holding scavenger hunts all over the country at famous museums. at the national gallery, you'll look for clues to find out who killed a curator in a fictitious murder mystery. for more information, go to watsonadventures.com. next at 6:00 a.m., what police believe caused a bus traveling from
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